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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection

The Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project works to collect, curate, and share materials from Palmyra's history, starting with its first recorded discovery in 1802, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2000. Learn more about PADA and our passion for Palmyra's history, by visiting our website, at PalmyraArchive.org


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by Roger Lextrait
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From 1992 to 1999, Roger Lextrait was the caretaker of the Palmyra Atoll. These photos show Roger at various times during that period. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You can connect with PADA, and learn more about Palmyra and our passion for its history, by...
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This photo collection features world renowned sailor Bernard Moitessier, and a group of French yachties, on the Palmyra Atoll sometime in 1984. Moitessier was known to have occasionally visited Palmyra. Based on other biographical material, this visit was likely a stopover on his way to Tahiti from Hawaii. In several of the photos you can see what should be his boat, the Tamata. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection...
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll. He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, describing his life there for the last 6 years. For the majority of his time on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors. Most...
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This journal excerpt describes the voyage of the USS Portsmouth, as part of an ocean surveying expedition to map uncharted or little known islands in the Pacific. The crew visited the Palmyra Atoll for several days, and performed the first extensive survey of plant and animal life on its islands. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western...
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by Cruising World
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Two part article from the September 1998 issue of Cruising World, showcasing two distinct views of Palmyra and both written by seasoned Pacific pleasure sailors. The first, written by Mark Smaalders, offers general sailing advice for anyone visiting Palmyra, along with highlights from staying on the atoll. The second, written by Carl Reller, describes a dramatic series of events around the ship Heart of Palm, which crashed on the outer reefs of Palmyra. Attempts to salvage it and its contents...
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by Idelle S. Meng
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This autobiographical article (part one of a two part series) was published in the June, 1923 issue of The Wide World Magazine.  It describes, in very colorful detail, her voyage from Hawaii to the Palmyra Atoll, where along with her new husband and their young friend, they would live for a year harvesting coconuts and exploring the atoll and its waters.  The titles subtext reads: "A bride of only four months' standing, Mrs. Meng accompanied her husband to the lonliest islands in the...
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The S/V Concordia was built in 1992 for the Class Afloat program of West Island College in Calgary, Alberta. Students would spend a year abroad sailing around the world on the vessel, stopping at various exotic locations. In February of 1994, the Concordia visited Palmyra and spent two days exploring the atoll, guided by Palmyra's manager at the time, Roger Lextrait. The Concordia sailed until 2010, when it sank off the coast of Brazil. Thankfully everyone onboard survived. There is a...
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by Jesse W Johnson
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Phone interview of Rusty Epps by Jesse W Johnson, Curator of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive. Rusty is an amateur radio operator who was part of, and led, several DXpeditions to Palmyra. They discuss details of his trips, other persons of interest, and various topics related to the island. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Officers for the USS Portsmouth
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A detailed hydrographic map of Palmyra Island (Atoll), created from information gathered by the crew of the USS Portsmouth during their visit to Palmyra in 1873. This was the standard nautical chart used for navigating the waters in and around Palmyra, well into the early 1900s. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798,...
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll.  He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, and describing his life there.  For the majority of his 7 years on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors.  Most of the...
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by Roger Lextrait
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This chapter excerpt comes from the unpublished autobiography of French sailor Roger Lextrait. During Roger's time as manager of Palmyra Atoll, from 1992 to 1999, several articles were published by visiting sailors about an incident from 1998 involving a ship called the Heart of Palm. This account, written by Roger, covers the events in detail as he experienced them. Used by permission of the author, not to be reprinted without the expression permission of the author, Roger Lextrait. This...
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by Michael Dobrin
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Article published in Issue 45, Summer 2019 of Rat Line Magazine. Talks about the sailing legacy of noted college football coach Howie O'Daniels, including his time as Port Captain during WW2 on the Palmyra Atoll from 1943-1944. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the history of Palmyra, from its discovery by western explorers in 1798, until its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001. You...
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Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive Collection
by Craig Cooley
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Starting in 1988, Craig Cooley and his family spent nearly two years saileing through the Pacific.  In August of 1989, they spent two weeks living on Palmyra. This issue of their family newsletter describes the time they spent exploring and enjoying the atoll, including an account of the local dog Army who would ride on the backs of manta rays. This material was scanned and catalogued as part of the Palmyra Atoll Digital Archive project, the largest collection of materials related to the...
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From 1992 to 1999, French sailor Roger Lextrait was the manager of the Palmyra Atoll.  He ensured visiting ships and their crews respected the plants and animals, as well as caring for the land and helped facilitate various projects related to its cleanup and improvement. This video shows Roger touring the atoll and its features, describing his life there for the last 6 years.  For the majority of his time on Palmyra he lived alone, and would often go months at a time without any visitors. ...
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by Idelle S. Meng
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This autobiographical article (part two of a two part series) was published in the June, 1923 issue of The Wide World Magazine.  It describes, in very colorful detail, her voyage from Hawaii to the Palmyra Atoll, where along with her new husband and their young friend, they would live for a year harvesting coconuts and exploring the atoll and its waters.  The titles subtext reads: "A bride of only four months' standing, Mrs. Meng accompanied her husband to the lonliest islands in the...
Topics: magazine, history, palmyra atoll, palmyra island, women, pacific ocean, south pacific, sailing,...